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April 15, 2014

Sabres officially bottomed out with season over

One of the worst seasons in the franchise's 44-year history.

BUFFALO —

With his nose broken and a red bruise formed beneath his left eye, veteran Buffalo Sabres forward Drew Stafford settled on a sliver of positive perspective in assessing one of the worst and most tumultuous seasons in the franchise's 44-year history.

"It's pretty embarrassing." Stafford said Monday, upon joining his teammates in cleaning out their lockers. "And it's something that you don't want to have to deal with ever again."

And yet, Stafford added, breaking into a smile: "We can only go up from here."

Things can't get much worse in Buffalo following a season during which the team set numerous dubious lows.

En route to a 21-51-10 last-place finish, the Sabres opened the year getting off to a 2-13-1 start, and then closed it with a 2-16-2 slump, capped by blowing a 2-0 lead in a 4-3 shootout loss to the New York Islanders on Sunday.

Very little went right in between.

General manager Darcy Regier and coach Ron Rolston were fired in mid-November.

What was left of the team's veteran core was dismantled by a series of trades. The purge started in October, when Thomas Vanek was traded to the Islanders. And it continued with a series of deals leading up to the trade deadline in March, when goalie Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott were sent to St. Louis.

Pat LaFontaine was hired as president of hockey operations in November, before he abruptly resigned on March. 1

And then there was the constant revolving door of raw rookies, journeymen and minor-leaguers that were brought in to plug holes on a patchwork and injury-riddled roster.

The Sabres set a franchise record in having 48 players suit up for at least one game this season, including an NHL-high nine goalies.

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